Types of childcare in Aarhus
In Denmark there are different types of childcare for your child before her or she starts school at the age of 6.
You can sign up your child for daycare when he or she has a CPR number.
You sign up your child digitally using the self service solution Digital Childcare Place Allocation (Digital Pladsanvisning).
In the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application (Digital Pladsanvisning), you must know your own allocative district (anvisningsdistrikt) and guarantee of childcare district (garantidistrikt), i.e. meaning the local area in which the institution your child usually would be taken care of is situated. It can be difficult to find this in the system, so please enter your address to see them here:
Call Citizen Service on tel. +45 89 40 20 00 during the opening hours of the Childcare Administration (Planlægning og Pladsanvisning)
When your child has a CPR number, you can sign your child up for a place in daycare.
We recommend that you sign your child up before your child turns 4 months old so that you have accumulated the longest possible seniority on the waiting list
If you want to be in the best possible position on the waiting list when your child starts kindergarten, then you must also sign the child up to a kindergarten place before your child turns 4 months old.
If you sign up your child past the 4 month age, then the date you sign your child up will determine your child's position on the waiting list.
The latest point at which you can register for a place is calculated as: current month + 2 months before your child needs the place.
You must be aware of the fact that in Aarhus Municipality, we operate according to waiting list seniority.
For example: If you need a place from 1st April, the application must be submitted by 31st January, at the latest. If you need a place from 20th April, then it is also by 31st January, at the latest.
In the Municipality of Aarhus you can choose between full-time or part-time daycare.
You can apply for a place in all institutions offering childcare, but you are most likely to be offered a place in the area in which you live.
MOVING WITHIN AARHUS MUNICIPALITY:
If you are moving and you want to sign your child up for a place in your new district, you must provide your new address and moving date. The address and moving date must be written in the comments box in the Digital Childcare Place Allocation application (Digital Pladsanvisning).
When we allocate a place to a child, we must take into account that a maximum of 30% of the children who reside in the vulnerable areas of the city are to be allocated to each individual institution. We must also take into account that children who take part in a compulsory learning programme must have a place before we allocate them a place on the waiting list.
You can change the date from which you need childcare on a continuous basis i.e. the date from which you need a place, without it affecting your waiting list seniority.
However, you must be aware of our rules regarding the guaranteed childcare places. You can read more about the guarantee of childcare here.
Holly was born on February 2nd, 2019. Her parents sign her up for a place on February 3rd 2019, with a starting date of December 1st, 2019. Holly will start her seniority date on June 2nd 2019 (date of birth + 4 months). On August 7th, 2019, the parents decide to change the date from which they require childcare to January 1st 2020. Holly's seniority continues to be from June 2nd2019.
We can allocate a place to your child 2 months before the date they are eligible for a guarantee of childcare, at the earliest. The places will always be offered from the 1st or 16th of the month. Due to turnaround time, this will typically mean you will hear from us approx. 1-1½ months before the date you are eligible for a guarantee of childcare.
If your child is not covered by our childcare guarantee, you will only hear from us if we are able to fulfill your request.
You will receive an offer for daycare in your private email account. The email will also be sent to you as Digital Post that you access via www.lifeindenmark.dk using your NemID.
If your child has siblings in an institution or in private daycare, the child may receive a so-called “sibling advantage” (søskendefordel) which makes it more likely that the child can be taken care of in the same institution or same private daycare.
It is not possible to take on a sibling’s place after a sibling leaves an institution or private daycare. To use the ‘sibling advantage’, siblings must attend the same institution or private daycare for a minimum of 14 days.
If parents have joint custody and the child lives with both parents on an alternating basis, this ‘sibling advantage’ can be used for children in the family where the child has their address registered.
Half siblings have ‘sibling advantage’ even if they do not live together. If you want to use the ‘sibling advantage’ for a half-sibling, contact Placement service and Pupil administration (Pladsanvisning og Elevadministration).
Please note, that the parent who is the biological parent to all the children, must be part of the joint custody arrangement concerning the half-sibling in question, in order to make use of the so-called ‘sibling advantage’ regarding half-siblings.
If your child is offered a place from April 1st and you decline by February 28th at the latest, then the guarantee seniority date is updated to May 1st.
If you decline after March 1st, the guarantee seniority date will be updated to June 1st.
If your child rarely or never uses his or her place, your child may be released from our daycare services.
When your child rarely or never uses the space, the daycare institution will contact you first. If your child still does not make use of his or her place, we will release your child from our daycare services.
If you have not made arrangements for starting daycare within one week after the start date, your child may be released from our daycare services. After that, it can take up to 3 months for your child to be offered a place again within the guarantee of childcare scheme.
If your child gets a place in a combined day nursery and kindergarten (integreret institution), the child can easily continue in the kindergarten department without having to sign up again.
A combined day nursery and kindergarten is an offer of childcare for children aged 0-6 years, which means that you are guaranteed childcare in the same institution until the child starts school.
If you would rather your child attend another institution when your child reaches kindergarten age, you are more than welcome to sign the child up to a requested kindergarten. Just be aware that you are not guaranteed an offer for a new kindergarten place when your child already is attending an integrated institution.